Hi. My name is Vikram Thomas and I have recently joined PECT as a Business Support Officer for the Investors in the Environment (iiE) scheme. I have always had an interest in environmental issues and volunteered as a River Steward in Sheffield before I decided to do my masters in Environmental Management and build my career within the sector.
My role involves supporting our iiE members through their Green journey, from initial pledge to accreditation. I seek to help in any way possible as well as promote them as a Green Business. I have to remind them of the various benefits available to them and ensure that they make the most out of their membership.
In the future I will also be conducting on-site audits which is a very exciting prospect for me as I will be able to meet our members face to face as well as get a first hand perspective of their businesses and operations.
I truly believe that iiE is an excellent scheme. We help businesses improve their environmental performance, make significant financial savings as well as give them a credible Green Stamp of approval to show off on their websites and publications. Considering that we are relatively low cost, flexible and provide so much support and promotion, it really is a win-win situation for our members. This is reflected by the fact that we already have two UK Franchises and are continually expanding every day.
I have had some thoroughly enjoyable conversations with our members. Most notably with Shield Technologies and Kitchen Range Foods Ltd who both have awesome Green champions. It’s great to see that more and more people are becoming enthused and proactive about “Greening” their businesses.
It has also been great to meet the team at PECT and find out about all the exciting projects going on and how I can link these in with iiE.
Recently I took part in Green Leap Day alongside colleagues from PECT. It was a fun day out where I got the opportunity to plant apple and pear trees as well as help with a bonfire and a raft. I hope to get outdoors to do more work like this in the future.
With skilled, friendly and enthusiastic people, Peterborough definitely has scope to become the Environment Capital of the UK with PECT leading the way!